The Tempinis diaries

March 30, 2008

It all started with his sacking…

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , — toru @ 2:01 pm

The rot all started with Tun Salleh Abas’ sacking. This is Dr. M’s shameful legacy.

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Sunday March 30, 2008
Former Lord President dwells on the judiciary crisis of 1988
By CHELSEA L.Y. NG
FORMER Lord President Tun Salleh Abas is the embodiment of modesty. After making headlines when he was sacked from the judicial system in 1988, he has moved on to new chapters of his life.

For years now, he has drawn great satisfaction in literally eating the fruits of his labour. The 79-year-old spends a great deal of his time toiling in his dusun (fruit orchard) in Besut while at the same time keeping abreast of developments outside the plantation.

Tun Salleh: ‘I hardly practise nowadays. I am a farmer now’

“I hardly practise nowadays. I am a farmer now,” Salleh said in between chuckles.

“I have bananas, dukongs, durians in my dusun. Can’t really make money because the fertilisers are expensive. But it’s rewarding to eat the fruits you plant yourself. Do drop by during the fruit season in July and August,” said the tanned and be-spectacled former top judge.

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March 27, 2008

Dr. Mahathir’s Legacy

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , — toru @ 1:11 pm

A lot of people forget, it was Dr. Mahathir who destroyed the Malaysian judiciary. He was always arrogantly saying that we should hang all the lawyers first. Look where this attitude has gotten the state of the Malaysian judiciary. The VK Lingam/Eusoff Chin fiasco can be traced to Dr. Mahathir’s reckless actions. Karpal Singh is certainly right to hold Dr. M accountable.

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Apologise, Karpal urges Dr M in open letter

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh has asked former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad whether he would be prepared to tender an unqualified and unconditional apology to former judges Tun Salleh Abas, Datuk George Seah and the late Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Pawanteh.

In an open letter to Dr Mahathir, Karpal Singh said, in his view, it was Dr Mahathir who had single-handedly destroyed the judiciary which has yet to regain its equilibrium after the 1988 crisis.

He said if there was no response within a week, he would raise the matter when Parliament sat next month.

“It is my view that you abused the provisions of Article 125(3) of the Federal Constitution leading to the setting up of the two tribunals which found the three judges guilty of misconduct,” Karpal Singh said in the letter.

“These three judges were unfairly removed from office.

“It is not the present Government which should apologise, but you (Dr Mahathir) yourself personally.

“The necessity for you to apologise cries to high heaven. Your acts caused the judges concerned and their families untold pain and suffering.”

Karpal Singh added that it was the least Dr Mahathir could do to atone for what transpired 20 years ago.

January 19, 2008

Mahathir’s Legacy: A Shameful Judiciary System

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , — toru @ 4:00 pm

One of Mahathir’s shameful legacy is his attack of independent minded members of the judiciary.  He appointed obviously corrupt people like Eusoff Chin as the Chief Justice to helm the judiciary leaving confidence of the public in the courts in tatters.  The level of blatant corruption is mind boggling – as demonstrated by today’s cross examination of Eusoff Chin by Ranjit Singh during a committee of inquiry.  I never thought I would see the day when Eusoff Chin gets his come uppance.  Eusoff Chin is obviously lying (e.g. oh – I bumped into VK Lingam at the airport and he wanted to follow me).  The more he lied the more he dug a hole for himself.

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Transcript of the cross-examination from the Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Eusoff Chin said it was normal for lawyers to want to be photographed with him when he was the Chief Justice. 

He said he always entertained such requests by senior lawyers as well as students whom he met on his overseas trips. 

According to a 2000 news article tendered yesterday, the former Chief Justice had also reportedly said: “When the man puts his hand on your shoulder, you can’t simply shove it aside.” 

At the start of his testimony, Eusoff, 73, told the court interpreter that he was a “pensioner.” 

DPP Datuk Nordin Hassan: Tun, you were the Chief Justice of Malaysia from September 1994 to December 2000? 

Eusoff: Correct. 

Nordin: Do you know a lawyer by the name of Datuk V.K. Lingam? 

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